Failure to recognize that many laboratory animals live unhealthy lives may be leading researchers to misinterpret their findings, according to Nature News. Writing in PNAS, researchers at the National Institute on Aging discuss that many laboratory mice and rats are metabolically morbid, and, consequently, will die sooner than animals of normal weight.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.